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Should it stay or should it go?


we are trying to improve this area and I just don't think the Ash should be there, I am sure it's a sapling, the birches are lovely.

I hate to take a tree out if it's healthy and I just don't know what to do about this?

thoughts please?

Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
A A Milne


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,224

    It's a lovely contrast to the dark conifers. But I know what you mean, it spoils the look of that nice birch grove.

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,879

    Go for it!image

    When we moved here I felt terribly guilty about removing quite a lot of mature trees which were all either diseased, poorly placed or just 'not right'.

    Since then I've replaced most of them with (IMO) better, more suitable, healthier specimens and the garden looks all the better for it.

    You've got loads of trees there Lily. I agree that particular tree spoils the view somewhat. I'd take it out and, if you feels guilty about removing an ash (in this age of ash dieback disease), plant a replacement in a more suitable spot. 

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,245

    It'll hurt to take it out, but I think after a while you'll be glad you did and your birch grove will look lovely

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,099

    It's in the wrong place which makes ita  weed.  Get rid.  The birch will be happier and you can, if necessary, always plant something more suitable in autumn once you've got to know the new space made.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,045

    Deffo have it out, and it makes great firewood.

    I'm marking some of mine to remove to allow others to have more room.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,027

    I've had to remove one that was growing under the rhodie at the front door LP. The rhodie was coming out anyway, but that's when I found it 'lurking'. It had seeded from somewhere. It was only a couple of feet high and that was hard enough to get out. They're not the most attractive thing in the world, and I'd say it spoils your birches too. 

    I've got another one that's clearly done the same at the back boundary. I have to hack it to the ankles every year - I've got no chance of digging that one out - it goes under the pavement  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I agree with the others and would remove it as it definitely spoils the 'feel' of that area.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    Thanks everyone, just needed to hear it said by others!

    Hosta, thanks, OH agreed the minute he read about the firewood!  We will need to act quickly tho as it will be harder when in leaf.

    I will post an "after" shot

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,045

    Our tree surgeon friend said Ash can be used as firewood after only 3 months. (hopefully you won't need it THAT soon ) but always nice to know.

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    Wow!  never knew that. We still have masses from the old beech that came down but you can never have enough!

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
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